Breathe. If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions. If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present. If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more. Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste. Continue reading Breathe
There is in most of us an underlying desire to buy cool stuff. To avoid this consumerism, Learn to be more conscious of impulses when ready to buy something. Learn to pause, and to breathe, to let the physical desire wane. Force to wait, if the purchase isn’t an absolute necessity. Think about it, and analyze whether it’s something really a need. Often it is not. Slowly improve upon this, over time. Continue reading Avoid Consumerism
Simplicity, many people think, is an end in itself But they’re getting it backwards Simplicity is the path, the means It’s not a far off destination, somewhere in the future It’s right here, right now It’s taking things one at a time It’s asking simple questions It’s taking simple actions It’s doing it slowly It’s considering and being conscious, with everything When you find yourself becoming overwhelmed on the path to simplicity Taking a complicated, frenzied path to get there Stop, consider, and choose the simpler path And take it slowly And easily And lovely Continue reading Simplicity is the Path
Most of us are pretty busy, just about every day. Some like it that way — being busy is almost a status symbol, as it shows you’re important and productive and a go-getter and achiever. If you’re in a power meeting and sending emails on your Blackberry and making calls, you must be important, right? I say we should reject that little game of who’s busier than whom. We should opt out. We should say, “I’d rather find peace of mind, and be able to relax, and really enjoy life, than allow it to pass me by just so I … Continue reading Be Less Busy
Focus on the present. We might have feelings about the past, and worry about missed opportunities in the past, but those are gone. If we focus on the present — enjoying this time, without the need for all these possessions, we can let go of the past. Be happy now, not tied to memories or missed opportunities of the past. If we get stuck in the past, we are missing the opportunities of the present. And fears of an uncertain future can also be banished if we focus on the present. The future hasn’t arrived yet — the present has. … Continue reading How to Let Go
There’s a lot we can learn from traditional cultures such as the Native Americans. Including the idea of walking lightly upon this earth. It’s something we’ve forgotten in hundreds of years of striving to achieve more, to produce more, to build bigger and better things. We have forgotten to walk lightly, and instead mine the earth of its natural resources, clearcut forests, pollute rivers and lakes and oceans, alter the landscape to fit our needs, make the air dirty and the rain acidic and the ozone holed. This isn’t news. We’re all aware of the problems, but the solutions are … Continue reading Step Lightly upon This World
Less means you spend less. You need less storage. You need a smaller house. Less means you worry less. You search for things less. You are less bogged down by clutter. Less means you’re lighter. You’re freer. You can focus on better things. Less means you can travel more quickly. You spend less time with stuff, and more time doing stuff. Less is more sustainable, more beautiful. Continue reading Why Less is Better?